GARNER, N.C. — Three employees were killed at ConAgra Foods’ 500,000 sq. ft. Slim Jim meat snacks plant in Garner, N.C., just south of Raleigh, from an explosion that occurred around 11:30 a.m. on June 9. The blast ripped the building’s roof off its supports in certain areas causing the roof in those areas to collapse. More than 40 people were taken to hospitals, including three firefighters who inhaled ammonia gas, according to The Associated Press.

Approximately 280 employees were working at the plant at the time of the explosion. Company and local authorities are investigating the cause of the explosion.

The company has established a fund for contributions from ConAgra Foods, its employees and the local community. Those wanting to donate can do so in one of three ways (ConAgra notes that the online option will be available effective the afternoon of June 10; mail and phone options are available immediately):

By phone: (919) 463-1367

By mail: United Way of the Greater Triangle; PO Box 110387; Research Triangle Park, NC 27709


"Our deepest sympathies are with the three victims and their families," said Gary Rodkin, chief executive officer of ConAgra Foods. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to them. ConAgra Foods will continue to provide our people with support and counseling assistance, and will continue to support local authorities in identifying the cause of this accident. We appreciate all of the efforts by everyone in the Garner area who has assisted us over the past 24 hours."